The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that they have officially franchised DE Michael Johnson.
Johnson, 26, will receive $11.17 million guaranteed for the 2013 season.
We had him listed as the No. 23 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Bengals have indicated they will franchise DE Michael Johnson. No tags had been officially placed by start of today. Deadline is Monday
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 1, 2013
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirms that the Bengals are “planning” on using the designation on Johnson.
Recent reports have indicated that the Bengals will allow OT Andre Smith to test the open market, if they’re unable to reach a long-term deal before March 13.
Johnson, 26, produced 11.5 sacks for the Bengals defense last season and is clearly someone that they would like to lock up long-term. If they do end up using the franchise tag on Johnson, they’re looking at a one-year tender worth $11.17 million.